Gordie Howe Hat Trick: 10 Players Most Likely to Achieve the Trick

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Gordie Howe Hat Trick: 10 Players Most Likely to Achieve the Trick
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Most hockey fans have heard of the Gordie Howe Hat-trick, but have they actually seen one?  It's a rare feat to accomplish and there is a lot of myth and legend surrounding it.

To refresh your memory, the trick includes notching a goal, assist, and fight in the same game.  To see it in action, you can see Rick Nash complete the trick last season. Interestingly, teams that had a Gordie Howe hat-trick were 13-4 in last season.

There is some debate about how many times Gordie Howe himself did this, but the NHL does not keep official statistics for it.  According to Jeff Marek, Howe only competed the trick twice and suggested renaming it. Currently, Brenden Shanahan holds the record with 17 and the closest active player is Jarome Iginla.

Nevertheless, Gordie Howe is credited with the name due to his combination of physicality on the ice and scoring ability.  However, as years have gone on the prototypical "power forward" is slowly going the way of the Dodo, but a handful of players still possess the abilities to keep the tradition alive.   

Keep a close eye on the following 10 players who are best suited to pull it off in 2010. 

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